skin self-exam to help identify suspicious scalp growths. Part your hair to
look at your scalp. If you have trouble seeing your scalp, ask a friend or
family member to check the spot for you.
If your baby has yellow
crusting on his or her scalp, try home treatment for cradle cap.
An hour before shampooing, rub your baby's
scalp with baby oil, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly to help lift the crusts
and loosen scales.
When ready to shampoo, first get the scalp wet,
then gently scrub the scalp with a soft-bristle brush (a soft toothbrush works
well) for a few minutes to remove the scales. You can also try gently removing
the scales with a fine-tooth comb.
Then wash the scalp with baby
shampoo, rinse well, and gently towel dry.
If your baby has a bald spot at the back or side
of the scalp, change your baby's position frequently. Lying in one position may
be causing the bald spot.
There may be other things you can do at home for other kinds of scalp problems.